Senior aides view Trump as 'delusional,' new report claims

Elias Hubbard
July 1, 2020

President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America's principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior U.S. officials _ including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff - that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations. To other global leaders, including key USA allies, he was allegedly flat-out abusive.

As we may recall, Trump started his presidency with several contentious call with allies (such as Australia's Prime Minister) and, of course, a phone call with the President of Ukraine led to his impeachment.

Bernstein, in a report based on interviews with multiple sources over a four-month period, said Trump bullied and belittled allies while fawning over autocratic leaders.

Written by veteran journalist Carl Bernstein, the report claims Erdogan called "at least twice a week and was put through directly to the President on standing orders from Trump".

"He's toughest [in the phone calls] with those he looks at as weaklings and weakest with the ones he ought to be tough with", a source told CNN.

Though extraordinary measures were taken in response to Trump's conversations with Merkel, the German chancellor took the U.S. president's comments "like water off a duck's back", a source told CNN.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "He clearly intimidated her and meant to", a source told CNN.

When Merkel visited the White House in 2018, Trump "displayed "very questionable behaviour" that 'was quite aggressive ..."

"Trump regularly bullied and disparaged other leaders of the western alliance during his phone conversations - including French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison - in the same hostile and aggressive way he discussed the coronavirus with some of America's governors". At various turns, the calls saw him unprepared or worse outfoxed by the likes of presidents Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and Recep Erdogan of Turkey. Just last month, Trump again dismissed the 2016 election interference by Russian Federation as a "hoax" during a phone call with Putin.

In its reporting, CNN cited "White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations" as its sources for the background on the calls. "From negotiating the phase one China deal and the USMCA to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies contributing more and defeating Isis, President Trump has shown his ability to advance America's strategic interests".

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